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University of Colorado Launches Mass Spec-Focused Environmental Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Colorado’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering announced today the opening of its Center for Environmental Mass Spectrometry.
The new lab is focused on the detection of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic contaminants in water as well as evaluating the effectiveness of methods for removing the contaminants.
The university said that Agilent Technologies is providing the core liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer instrumentation for the lab. It said that Agilent’s LC/MS is sensitive down to the attomole and offers better than two parts-per-million mass accuracy.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.